Skip to comments.14 in í14, cuz it ainít happening in Ď16 (Vanity)
Posted on 11/18/2013 4:27:24 PM PST by ConservativeInPA
1. There are 21 US Senate seats held by Democrats in the 2014 election.
2. There are nine US Senate seats held by Democrats in the 2016 election. This is likely to be 10 due to a special election in HI in 2014.
3. Republicans need to pick up six senate seats to have a majority.
The failures of ObamaCare and broken promises by Democrat senators create a target rich environment in 2014. This is a year Republicans have to do well. Winning a majority in the senate by only one seat or maintaining the status quo is not the definition of doing well. It would be a four year setback to 2018 because there just are not that many Democrat senators to beat in 2016. Please read the following list and choose seats that Republicans are likely to win in 2016:
CA - Barbara Boxer (D)
CO - Michael Bennet (D)
CT - Richard Blumenthal (D)
HI - TBD in 2014 special (D)
MD - Barbara Mikulski (D)
NV - Harry Reid (D)
NY - Chuck Schumer (D)
OR - Ron Wyden (D)
VT - Patrick Leahy (D)
WA - Patty Murray (D)
I dont find this too encouraging, although Id love to see Dingy Harry and Chucky Schumer lose. I just dont think most of these seats are in reach given the states involved. 2014 is a different story, hence the title of this post, 14 in 14.
I know that a 14 seat pick up is really not exactly realistic, but I like challenging goals and I think the political climate across America is ripe for such Republican success. Heres a list of 2014 Democrats seats:
AK - Mark Begich (D)
AR - Mark Pryor (D)
CO - Mark Udall (D)
DE - Chris Coons (D)
HI - Brian Schatz (D)
IA - Tom Harkin (D) - Retiring
IL - Dick Durbin (D)
LA - Mary Landrieu (D)
MA - Ed Markey (D)
ME - Susan Collins (R)
MI - Carl Levin (D)
MN - Al Franken (D)
MT - Max Baucus (D) - Retiring
NC - Kay Hagan (D)
NH - Jeanne Shaheen (D)
NJ - Cory Booker (D)
NM - Tom Udall (D)
OR - Jeff Merkley (D)
RI - Jack Reed (D)
SD - Tim Johnson (D) - Retiring
VA - Mark Warner (D)
WV - Jay Rockefeller (D) - Retiring
(If you noticed Susan Collins in the list, it was intentional, just my warped sense of humor.)
I think DE, HI, IL, MA, NJ, NM, and RI are off the board. There would have to be a complete melt down in the Democrat party to pick up any of these states.
AK, AR, IA, LA, MT, NC, SD and WV are winnable that gives the Republicans more than a majority in the Senate. There also a chance to pick up CO, MI, MN, NH, OR and VA. That gives us the 14 in 14 to target. Im not saying we can win all of those seats, but the this last group, VA, is the most possible as long as there isnt a Democrat in Libertarian disguise running. With Levin retiring in MI, and that lying asshat Franken in MN, I think there will be interesting races if Republicans can find competent challengers. NH is an outside shot, but I think NH has too many illegal immigrants from MA to recover. Im hoping some western sensibility finds its way into CO and OR. The state senate recall elections in CO may have established enough grassroots to barely win. OR is a long shot, but in this environment it may be possible.
CO - Michael Bennet (D)
NV - Harry Reid (D)
WA - Patty Murray (D)
Reid will likely enter the election less popular than he was in 2010. If we can find a decent candidate, he could be taken down. And our bench ain’t bad in Nevada from what I hear.
Bennet is a terrible politician. He won by a small margin because Buck made some dumb campaign decision. He can be taken out next time.
And Murray, I think we almost beat her last time too. Perhaps another shot in 2016? Weirder things have happened.
We would have won Bennet’s seat the first time around if we hadn’t been saddled with an inexperienced candidate with no name recognition and a bad case of foot-in-mouth disease. But then I count six seats total we lost that way. If we saddle ourselves with another raft of losers, we won’t get very far.
That is exactly why this needs to be taken seriously.
Having seen what the Gutless Obsolete Pretender party did last time they controlled the House and Senate, nothing much will come of it the next time around.
Look to be left wondering why you even bother voting for these worthless fools just like last time.
Then buy more guns, ammo, and non-perishable food.
Factor in having to vote McConnell out in the KY General.
As for your analysis of 2014, I see it like this.
We need six seats.
The path to these in order of simplicity is as follows (subject to change).
South Dakota, West Virginia, Arkansas, Montana, Louisiana, and finally Alaska or North Carolina.
Past that, I see victory more likely in Michigan than in Iowa. I’m seeing this because Iowa seems to be trending Dem, where as Michigan is trending Repub. It’s the trajectories. With Detroit emptied, there is a real shot in Michigan to win in the senate and the polls show it. Dem’s aren’t helped there by their poor candidate. They have a top tier recruit in Iowa, but their guy in Michigan is a joke.
New Hampshire could come into play depending on who is running. Shaheen is put at risk because NH is the only North Eastern state experiencing red-level premium rises. She can be taken out.
Colorado is likely the next easiest, depending a lot on if there is a real backlash at the state legislature level against the radical lib agenda in that state, but Udall is a formidable Dem.
Oregon would be the real outside shot, mainly because Merkley is about as electrifying as a brick, and he won by a tiny percentage on the Obama wave last time. It’s unfortunate our bench in that state is weak.
There’s nobody I’d like to see lose more than the Lying Asshat Franke, with the exception of Dick Dirtbag, because unfortunately he is one of my Senators - but I agree he’s more likely to get hit by a bus.
SD should be an R. MN can be crazy (Jesse Ventura and Al Franken) but like IL the rural areas are pretty solid R and the DFL probably isn’t turning many of them.
What’s needed in all cases is strong, passionate, conservative messaging. I’m not hearing it and time’s a wastin’...
The GOP sure as hell isn’t going to do it!
The presumption here is that informed voters will make the difference.
The Democratic ground game is light-years ahead and will tip the balance in any state where races are within 5%.
“If we saddle ourselves with another raft of losers, we wont get very far.
That is exactly why this needs to be taken seriously.”
I’m glad you two “get it”. I’ve had luddites here try to argue with me in the past that candidates need to have media savvy, especially when the “gotcha” comments start.
One idiot replied: “We should nominate Hitler, he was a good public speaker.”
The Angles, Akins and Mourdocks need to STFU and go wait for Lawrence Welk to come on. Because not only to they blow very winnable elections; they make the GOP look idiotic as a whole, especially with a MSM that’s waiting for any perceived mistake.
Looks like we could do 11 easily enough. More would be better and whoever runs MUST run on the ObamaCCare fiasco, do their homework and let people know what is coming next if/when it gets fixed. IE. Married couples tax of 10K- 15K...that would more than do a lot of people in. We’d be forced to sell our home and find a trailer. We are on a fixed income. And there is MUCH more, according to Ted Cruz. We ain’t seen nothin’ yet!
I have family outside Duluth and in Minneapolis. They are DFL and an embarrassment to the rest of my mostly sane family. I am hope they get so discouraged that they just don't vote. If they do vote, it will be the same as in the past. There is no talking sense to them.
I’ve got a lesbian cousin and her “wife” in Minnesota.
True. Though I bet that with real voter fraud and vote harvesting mechanisms curtailed and stopped, however, informed voters would make the difference BIG TIME.
Simple. Must be legal citizen to vote, 21 or older, ID required, presence at the polls required except for extreme need (where mail-in ballots are used). If you are able-bodied and dependent on food stamps or other government-funded charity, you abandon your vote franchise. No bussing and on-site harvesting votes from various care facilities by political organizations.
If sensible, fair steps had been taken to defend and protect the franchise before now, we'd be a freer, more prosperous and probably more moral nation.
Must be a Lutheran thing. lol
Factor in seats the GOP could possibly lose in 2016 because they're all in solidly blue states: Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and even Florida if Rubio keeps waffling. The GOP needs the right candidate in 2016, one with coattails. I don't think that Christie is that.
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